The Old Testament reading for Tuesday, August 11 is:

Ezekiel 20:9–29

But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made myself known to them in bringing them out of the land of Egypt. 10 So I led them out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness. 11 I gave them my statutes and made known to them my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live. 12 Moreover, I gave them my Sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them. 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; and my Sabbaths they greatly profaned.

“Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make a full end of them. 14 But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out. 15 Moreover, I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land that I had given them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands, 16 because they rejected my rules and did not walk in my statutes, and profaned my Sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols. 17 Nevertheless, my eye spared them, and I did not destroy them or make a full end of them in the wilderness.

18 “And I said to their children in the wilderness, ‘Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor keep their rules, nor defile yourselves with their idols. 19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and be careful to obey my rules, 20 and keep my Sabbaths holy that they may be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.’ 21 But the children rebelled against me. They did not walk in my statutes and were not careful to obey my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; they profaned my Sabbaths.

“Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness. 22 But I withheld my hand and acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out. 23 Moreover, I swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations and disperse them through the countries, 24 because they had not obeyed my rules, but had rejected my statutes and profaned my Sabbaths, and their eyes were set on their fathers’ idols. 25 Moreover, I gave them statutes that were not good and rules by which they could not have life, 26 and I defiled them through their very gifts in their offering up all their firstborn, that I might devastate them. I did it that they might know that I am the LORD.

27 “Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: In this also your fathers blasphemed me, by dealing treacherously with me. 28 For when I had brought them into the land that I swore to give them, then wherever they saw any high hill or any leafy tree, there they offered their sacrifices and there they presented the provocation of their offering; there they sent up their pleasing aromas, and there they poured out their drink offerings. 29 (I said to them, ‘What is the high place to which you go?’ So its name is called Bamah1 to this day.)

Footnotes

[1] 20:29 Bamah means high place

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Old Testament Pastoral Commentary for Ezekiel 20:9-29
Author: Pastor Bob Nordlie
The rebellion by the people of Israel was long-standing and continuous. It began while they were still slaves in Egypt and began to worship the gods of Egypt. Their rebellion stirred up God's wrath so that He threatened to destroy them right there. But then God remembered the promises He had made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For the sake of His own name God brought them up out of slavery. He gave His Law to them through Moses, so that by it they might live, and He gave them the Sabbath so that as they communed with God, He would sanctify and make them holy. But after the Exodus, Israel again rebelled against the LORD in the wilderness. They rejected His Law and desecrated the Sabbath, and God's against was kindled against them once again. For the sake of His name, however, God looked on them with pity and did not destroy them in the desert. He urged them to follow His decrees and keep His Sabbath as a sign between them. Once again, God did what would keep His Holy Name from being profaned among the nations. He fulfilled His promise to Israel and brought them to the Promised Land, where they continued to worship false gods. As a result, God gave them up to the destructive laws and statutes of their pagan gods, "laws they could not live by," in contrast with the true and holy Law of the LORD. God allowed them to defile themselves by sacrificing their children to the idols, and swore to fulfill His threat to scatter them among the nations because of their rejection of Him. By their continuous and unrelenting idolatry on all the high places of Israel, God's people earned His wrath and punishment, which was now coming upon them.